“No sooner had he dropped the 11th-hour witness on our doorstep than he whisked him away,” writes Ashton.
The darker Afghanistan appears on TV screens, the sooner the foreign armies will be called home.
The sooner Mr. Obama apprises our Afghan friends of this reality, the better for us—if not for them.
Old English sona "at once, immediately, directly, forthwith," from West Germanic *sæno (cf. Old Frisian son, Old Saxon sana, Old High German san, Gothic suns "soon"). Sense softened early Middle English to "within a short time" (cf. anon). American English. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930 (earlier "one who acts prematurely," 1889), from the 1889 opening to whites of what was then part of Indian Territory, when many would-be settlers sneaked onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.
An exclamation of anger, annoyance, amazement, disappointment, etc: Son of a bitch! The thing's busted again!
[the son of a gun variant was said by Admiral Smythe to have been ''originally applied to boys born afloat,'' at a time when women could accompany men to sea, and when children could be born and cradled under a gun or gun carriage, hence have no proper legitimate parentage]